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GENTLY DOES IT! – THE BENEFITS OF GENTLE YOGA

Our body is a living vehicle that we have abused and misused, and it shows wear and tear and all the experiences we have gone through. Gentle yoga helps you realize that you should not take your body for granted. It’s a gift!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It’s the main character in your life’s movie….SO BE KIND TO IT!

 

We all know of yoga’s numerous benefits. In gentle yoga, you take time to feel your body move. Breath and movement are pathways to keep the organs healthy and the joints lubricated. We are made of energy, and gentle yoga makes you listen to your own words and slow your pace a little.

 

You stay in a pose long enough to enjoy that you are not pushing yourself. Gentle yoga equally strengthens and stretches, increasing flexibility and repairing muscles that are in need of love.

 

Gentle yoga keeps the atmosphere free of competition and comparison. The energy of the class is generally happy and calm.

 

Most importantly, people are becoming aware of their body and how it works individually. And seeing them return for more every week is rewarding.

 

The yoga I teach is extremely gentle, and my preference is to give verbal cues of modifications rather than hands-on adjustments. It is suitable for beginners and a very friendly class.

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Chair Yoga

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Have you ever thought you might like to give Yoga a try but cannot get on to the floor? Well, this is the class for you!……Chair Yoga will be starting in August on Fridays at 11:15. There are many benefits and here are a few:

Benefits of Chair Yoga

Yoga has been shown to improve overall health, prevent and (even in some cases) reverse disease when practised regularly as a lifestyle. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it can, therefore, lend its benefits to those with mobility issues. Here are some of them:

1. Improved Strength

This means that elderly people will be better able to continue with hobbies and daily activities independently for many more years to come. If they are unlucky enough to suffer a fall or injury, a strong body will be able to withstand this better and sustain fewer injuries.

2. Improved Flexibility

Chair yoga can help those with mobility issues to undertake activities that they have perhaps been unable to, such as reaching down to tie shoe laces or pick things up.

3. Improved Proprioception

Proprioception is the skill of knowing where your body is in space and coordinating your movements accurately. This is particularly important for elderly people and can prevent falls. For people with disabilities or conditions such as MS, it may mean having greater control over your body and its movements.

4. Reduced stress and improved mental clarity

Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. For elderly people, it may also help them cope with feelings of isolation if this is a problem. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being, which everyone can benefit from!

5. Opportunities to meet people and socialize

Joining chair yoga classes for those with mobility issues and the elderly will also give them a venue to socialize and make friends. However, it’s important that you choose an appropriate class so that the instructor will have specific knowledge about what is appropriate for you to do—they’ll be able to suitably adapt the exercises.

6. Improved stress and pain management

Chair yoga (and yoga in general, really) includes breath work, which can help people not only with stress management but also for coping and managing pain. Through meditation and paying attention to your breath, you can help your body and mind to cope with the pain of an illness or condition you may suffer with.

 

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The Misconceptions of Yoga

 

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The perception of Yoga to the general public can be very misleading.

This has largely been created by the media, who when they are putting together a magazine cover want classy and complicated postures by a model who looks very thin, very svelte and very flexible!…..consequently this has created an image that Yoga is basically some form of complicated exercise similar to that of a circus acrobat!…..which then makes people believe…..!

I am not FLEXIBLE enough to practice Yoga

I have to be THIN to practice Yoga

I have to be YOUNG to practice Yoga

It is too COMPLICATED

These are huge misconceptions as Yoga can be adapted to any ability, regardless of limitations.

Yoga is suitable for everyone, all levels of it are not the same of course, BUT you are still getting the mind/body coordination and the meditative component – the mindfulness and the awareness.

There are four components:

The physical postures: stretching/breathing & relaxation techniques.

Self-regulation: the ability to control our internal stress response, and to control our emotional response

The cultivation of mind/body awareness: the sense of being able to feel and experience what is going on in the body, and to experience what is going on mentally to observe the flow of thought, this can lead to increased mindfulness which can change behaviours in a very positive way.

Experiencing deeper states: even short term meditative states can be transformative and can help take you to a more positive lifestyle.

THERE IS ALWAYS SOME ASPECT OF YOGA THAT IS APPLICABLE!!

The more control we have in our minds the more power we have in our life.

When we strengthen ourselves as individuals, we take back the power over our behaviour.

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